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Pennsylvania gaming authorities revoked the gaming license of a Foxwoods casino project in Philadelphia late last week, leaving lawmakers distressed over a potential blow to the city’s financial plan. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, fed up after countless delays on the project, voted 6-1 to revoke a $50 million license for the South Philadelphia casino, [...]

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December 28, 2010

Maryland, it’s time to go all in. Debate about whether to expand gambling in the state is no longer about morality, it’s about money.

So there should be little disagreement during the upcoming legislative session over whether Maryland adds table games like craps and blackjack to five slots parlors statewide.

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December 27, 2010

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Christmas wishes from a long-ago Alaska miner

December 27, 2010

Editor’s Note:This extended season’s greeting came to us from the Jane B. Light family of Tacoma, Wash. Jane’s grandfather, Sanford “Sam” Godfrey, left Kansas at age 19. Decades later, in the late 1950s or 1960s, he sent this account of his life in the gold fields of Alaska and the Yukon to his friends and family. Godfrey died on April 3, 1967, in Pierce County, Wash. He sketched the illustrations on the typewritten pages of his letter, which has been edited for space.

This is meant to be more than just a Christmas card, as I want to take you back with me to Alaska, over the past 56 years of my life there. I want to share with you only a few of my experiences, for to tell you all would take a book and tire you of reading. So, we will quickly leave Salina, Kansas, (a small prairie town in central Kansas where I was born on a farm) to follow my brother Warren to the Klondike and the stampede for gold. I was a young chap then and felt this my opportunity to seek my fortune.

So with the $300 my brother had sent me to come meet him sewed inside my flannel shirt, I headed for Seattle, the gateway to the Yukon and Alaska. On the Seattle waterfront I met a fellow who had just hired out as a waiter on a tourist boat headed for Skagway, Alaska, and through him I got a job as a dishwasher on the S.S. Garone.

The trip took about four days and on the way I saw many sights and received a great deal of advice from my new friend about what to expect in Alaska… most of which was to save my money as prices were sky-high and if you were broke when you got to the Yukon the Northwest Mounted Police would turn you back. I got to Skagway, hopped a boxcar on the White Pass and Yukon Railway and beat my way to Whitehorse, which was the head of navigation at that time for all the Yukon River some 2,000 miles long. At Whitehorse, I hired out as a waiter on a freight boat headed for Dawson named the Mary Graf.

We left about midnight and I couldn’t sleep at all from worry. I was green as grass and didn’t know a thing about waiting tables. At the first breakfast I had to care for the captain’s table and his first and second mate’s. I came in with coffee, ham and eggs on my arm and the captain noticed me to be a green waiter and offered to help. I spilled a cup of coffee down his neck, got cursed out by the steward and again found myself washing dishes and doing all the dirty work that could be mustered. I didn’t mind too much, though, because I was on my way to the Klondike.

We landed at Dawson about 9 o’clock in the evening. The main street (Front Street) faced the Yukon River and was about a mile long, nearly all saloons, dance halls, gambling houses, and places the miners could exchange their gold dust for gold coins. I started to look for my brother Warren, only to learn that he had gone on a stampede to the Fortymile, about 100 miles away into the U.S. territory. So here I was, a green farm kid alone in a strange wild country.

I meandered up and down Front Street, took in some of the dance halls and gambling houses until I came upon one very large place called Tom Chisholm Corner, a saloon and gambling house. There was a big crowd there and I had to see what was inside. Going in I saw thirty or forty gambling tables — blackjack, 21, faro, poker and any kind of gambling game one could wish. I stopped at the blackjack table and stood and looked for an hour or two and — behold me! — never in my life had I seen so many $20 gold pieces stacked up before one man, who seemed to be winning thousands. As I stood looking a man next to me whispered, “Kid, play your luck. Don’t ya see the dealer is unlucky tonight?”

Well, it didn’t take me long to pull out a couple of $20 bills (from the $300 my mother had sewed inside my shirt so I wouldn’t get robbed) and try my luck. I lost my first try, and my second, and my third! I learned too late that whenever a man showed paper money in Alaska, he was tagged as a “cheechako” … a “sucker.” I gambled my money away for 24 hours, and by 9 o’clock the next evening I didn’t have a dollar to my name. It was not until here that I realized what I had done and said to myself, “Sam, you worked your way to Alaska, saved your money and wages, and now you’ve been taken by a ‘booster’ who whispered in your ear. What a fool you are!” I thought, too, how far away from home I was in this wild town, and that I didn’t know a soul.

I hadn’t had a bite to eat, so I wandered up Second Street until I came upon a place called The Standard Library, which was also a restaurant and doing a good business. I heard some people leaving call out, “Goodbye, Mahearty” … meaning “big heart” … so I went in and told Mahearty that I was hungry and that I wanted to work for a sandwich or something. He told me to sit up at the counter and eat and then to get to work washing dishes as his regular dishwasher was on a drunk.

I worked here at The Standard Library for about two weeks and averaged around $25 per day extra in tips from selling food scraps to the miners for their dog teams. My wages from Mahearty were $15 a week. and I thought I could better myself, so I took a job in a large grocery house where I worked for a year, leaving the gamblers alone. After a year, the owner of the grocery house decided to retire, so his son, Jack Timmons, and I bought him out and started to build up a prosperous business. My thoughts at this time were to return to Kansas and marry my old sweetheart, but all my plans were scattered to ashes.

During the winter of 1903 and 1904, Dawson City was burned to the ground. All we had worked for went up in smoke. It was right here that I decided (after seeing all the miners bring in pokes of gold from the creeks … some $20,000 to $30,000 worth) to try my luck at gold mining.

During the spring of 1904, Fairbanks had showed some sign of a placer camp, so, together with my store partner, we bought a boat and floated down the Yukon River some 1,500 miles to the Tanana River, thence up the Tanana some 400 miles to Fairbanks … all of the time looking over the creeks for gold and a stake. We weren’t successful and, because we had to eat, we both got a job in Fairbanks to earn money and save for a chance later. However, my store partner, Jack Timmons, contracted tuberculosis in 1904 and had to be sent to California, where he died in 1906.

I lived around Tenderfoot Creek and the upper Tanana country for four years, all the time learning the gold mining business. Every piece of ground I staked proved “no good,” while my neighbor’s ground produced hundreds of thousands in gold.

In the spring of 1910, there was another big strike in the Iditarod country, the Innoko district, and with the price of a boat ticket I was on my way, this time with a new partner named Dan McCarty. We landed in Flat, and I went to work for E.H. Griffin, who owned a big grocery firm. I made good wages during the summer of 1910 and gave every dollar to my partner, Dan, to keep him going, looking for new fields. This is what is known in Alaska as a “grubstake.” Anything he might find, I would get half. Dan McCarty was an excellent prospector, tough as iron, and knew his way around.

During the fall of 1910, my grubstake partner sent me a letter telling me to come at once. He had staked some claims on Marvel Creek in the Kuskokwim River country (the second largest river in the interior of Alaska) some 500 miles from Flat Creek where I was working. (Editor’s note: Marvel Creek is near Nyac in the Kilbuck Mountains about 75 miles northeast of Bethel. The straight-line distance from Flat is about 120 miles.) I got together a dog team and a travel companion (for one should never travel alone cross country in Alaska). After about three weeks of tough travel in cold weather between 30 and 40 degrees below zero, we landed at Marvel Creek in mid-winter of 1910. Here, with my partner and Bill Beavens, we sunk some 20 holes to bedrock on our claims, which turned out to be worthless.

In the spring of 1911, broke and not wanting to take another wage job for a grubstake, I decided to prospect on my own behind what is now known as Ruby. I accepted a $1,000 grubstake from Tom McKinnon and Harold Sedden and was on my way to new ground, which I must say was a successful venture for all of us this time. I secured leases and options from the two good Swedes, Ruby Charles Fernander and N.P. Johnson, and from 1912 to 1915 the production of gold from Long Creek ran into several million dollars. I and my partners shared well from the first grubstake I ever took from anyone. Dan McCarty, my silent partner, shared equal with my part.

I had one very close call for my life. I made a trip to Iditarod to contact my partners who had grubstaked me. While making the trip back from Iditarod to Ruby, about 300 miles cross-country alone and afoot. (Editor’s note: The straight-line distance is about 100 miles.) I became lost in foggy weather and was 17 days without food, only blueberries and caribou moss. The story of this experience was published in the January issue of the Alaska Sportsman magazine.

Now, after my first good luck at Ruby camp, I thought we were all ready to make a trip to the States. In the fall of 1914 and 1915, the San Francisco Fair was on, so with my nephew Cub Bair, Dan McCarty, a good pal Waldo Kelly, and about 20 more of the Rubyites, we left for California to take in the fair and have ourselves some fun. Most of us had already spent many years in Alaska so we were ready for a good time, and we did have it in ’Frisco — going to dances, parties, etc. for the rest of the winter.

It was about February of 1915 when our money started running low, so McCarty suggested he return to Alaska and take in a strike we had heard about on the Tolovana River. I wasn’t quite broke yet and was enjoying myself in ’Frisco with my new dance lessons, so I gave Dan a thousand bucks for a grubstake and told him to keep me posted.

A month later I received a telegram from Dan saying that he had staked some ground on Livingood Creek (Editor’s note: Livengood Creek, named for prospector Jay Livengood, 50 miles northwest of Fairbanks.) that looked like a good prospect and for me to come at once. I beat it to Tacoma, Wash., where I picked up my nephew, Cub Bair, and with Tom McKinnon and Charles Craig left for Whitehorse in May of 1915. In Whitehorse, we bought a small boat with a kicker and headed 1,500 miles down the Yukon to Ruby, which took us about 10 days.

Again we were on the ground floor of what turned out to be a creek that produced some $6 million in gold from 1915 to 1925. Sam Godfrey faired well.

However, it was during this time that a great tragedy took place: In September of 1919, Dan McCarty, my great pal and partner, was shot and killed by his wife with a .30-40 bullet. He sent for me and I traveled the mile between our homes as quickly as possible. Pat O’Connor, the town marshal, and I stayed with Dan until he died 12 hours later. The last thing he said was, “Well, I guess my stampeding days are over … Goodbye Sam … ” This was great loss to me, as Dan was one man for whom I had a lot of love as a true Alaskan and one of the men who helped develop the Fairbanks country where it is today.

I had a good home in Livingood and made many trips to the States, spending some time in California. During the winter of 1919 and 1920, I met a wonderful girl in Los Angeles, and it did not take me long to propose marriage. We were married July 8, 1921, in Fairbanks. I chartered a small boat in Fairbanks and with my bride set off down the Tanana River for Livingood Creek. This was to be our wedding tour, and I’m sure Mrs. Godfrey will never forget this trip. A very good friend of mine, Dave Cascaden, who had interest in ground with me, had been in Fairbanks under doctor’s care and he begged me to allow him to go with us to Livingood. After two days on the water, he became insane and sometimes violent, giving us a pretty bad time. At any rate, we arrived safely at Livingood — and home — July 30. I had by this time spent 20 years roaming the hills of Alaska, and now, with my new partner, I had a very happy home.

On our arrival at Livingood, my partners were having their first winter cleanups and it was enough to make anyone’s eyes sparkle to see two or three gold pans full of yellow metal (a gold pan level full of gold pieces was around $30,000 worth at $20 per ounce). May I say that gold mined at $20 made more of a profit than it does today at $35. In the early days, labor was cheap and the very best, grub and hardware was low and there were no taxes, etc., such as is today.

From 1921 to 1924, gold placer mining in Alaska was hurt terribly, not only because many of the young men had been drafted into service from 1915 to 1918, but also because after the war, during the ’20s, business was booming in the States and big wages were to be had Outside.

In 1925, five of my friends and I took leases on Nome Creek, some 70 miles northeast of Fairbanks, and in 1926 we built a six-foot bucket dredge, which cost us $300,000. We operated same until 1932, when we lost it by fire. This left us all broke.

The next 10 years of my life were none to prosperous. In 1935, with four other parties, I took leases and options on the Kougarok River, some 100 miles northwest of Nome. With a good friend of mine, Charles Holky, we flew from Nome with the first airplane drill into the Kougarok, where we drilled and hit good pay. We operated here until 1939, when the company was sold to Cassell and Keenan, and from 1939 until 1942 their operation grossed over the million mark. This ended in 1942, when Keenan was killed in an airplane crash. Since 1942, much of the mining has been closed down, and nearly everyone has left the country.

At present, there are but two dozen mining operations on the whole Kougarok River some 50 miles long, Sam Godfrey being amongst the ones left. If possible, I hope to remain in the country where I have lived my life. I have made many hundreds of friends during my time and, believe me, I value them dearly. Many of them are gone now and most of them buried in Fairbanks and Nome, the places they loved. There are only a few yet living, I cannot recall all, but in closing I wish to mention several for a Merry Christmas: Mike Kelly and Mike Walsh of Nome, Charles Holky, Lou “The Bull Moose Kid” Harmon and the others, as well as each and every one of you, my good friends in Alaska yet and Outside.

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